Bio Marché

New plants for your organic garden...
New plants for your organic garden…

The first Sunday in June is the Bio Marché. It fills much of the area behind Chateau Bonnafous near Villeseque des Corbières. The setting is perfect for the event as there is plenty of room for all the vendors and space for a petting zoo, roaming musicians and even a bicycle powered carousel. I am particularly drawn to the carousel with its characters a coccinelle (ladybug), cricket, grenouille (frog) and a Grasshopper.

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On a carousel

 

The arts are represented in many ways. There are woodcutters, basket weavers, jewelry makers, artists painting children’s faces and more.

 

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Buy a basket to place your other purchases in…

 

Bees wax candles and local honey. Does it get any sweeter?
Bees wax candles and local honey. Does it get any sweeter?

 

Creating...
Creating…

 

Demonstrations and sales of Ektaras.
Demonstrations and sales of Ektaras.

The Ektara is an instrument which is new to me. It is both stringed and the base is a drum.

A neighbour, Simone is there with his organic wines. Delicious!
A neighbour, Simone is there with his organic wines. Delicious!
Simone is also a poet and of course he happened to bring a few of his books...
Simone is also a poet and of course he happened to bring a few of his books…

 

Paté to confit de canard...
Paté to confit de canard…

 

Patric and his wandering musicians
Patric and his wandering musicians

 

Woodcutter
Woodcutter

 

Fresh and aged goat cheeses
Fresh and aged goat cheeses

 

Breads and pastries
Breads and pastries

 

Even gluten free treats!
Even gluten free treats!

 

Petting zoo
Petting zoo

 

Some of the larger animals...
Some of the larger animals…

 

This wine has a hint of cherry
This wine has a hint of cherry and quite delicious!

 

Cherries, cherries and more cherries at their peak!
Cherries, cherries and more cherries at their peak!

As always, there is more than covered in these photos. You can buy an organic meal and enjoy it in these beautiful surroundings. Handmade kitchen knives and other cutlery are available from local craftsmen. There is always something for everyone.   Bisous, Léa

Montolieu et salon du livre ancien

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Salon du livre ancien

It is always a delight to spend the day in Montolieu. La village du livre , The village of books, is small with a population of less than one thousand. Yet, this beautiful village nestled in the  Montaigne Noir is home to twenty bookshops, a massive compound where paper-making, book-making and other related crafts are taught and celebrated. Naturally, being France, artists are to be found at nearly every corner. However, that is another post. Wandering from bookshop to bookshop is not without consequences. One finds that they end up making trips back to the car with each load of books that were just not able to pass up. There is always the museum of book and paper making and the old compound that still makes and teaches the arts of book and paper making. There are also workshops and classes available for writers which bring visitors from different countries. While the majority of the books are in French, there is truly something for everyone.  I head for the poetry sections and always manage to expand my collection of French poets.

livres, livres...
livres, livres…

The Montolieu foyer was turned over to various collectors who had books to sell. This is over and above the twenty bookshops scattered around this charming village.

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et plus de livres

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Vending machines for organic produce!

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Fresh organic produce available 24/7
Fresh organic produce available 24/7
Fresh from local gardens
Fresh from local gardens
A variety awaits you!
A variety awaits you!

Something I have not encountered before is the automated produce system. Everything was fresh, local and organic! Just down the road is a bookshop/restaurant which is organic and where Yvonne and I were served an excellent lunch. It happens to be the same shop where we had the amazing chestnut cakes on a previous visit. If you would like to see more check out these previous posts:   https://foundinfrance.wordpress.com/2011/12/12/montolieu/ and https://foundinfrance.wordpress.com/2013/06/24/michel-braibant-museum-conservatory-of-book-arts-crafts/ Regardless of when you visit Montolieu, you will leave enchanted! Bisous, Léa

Bio marché

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Organic plants for your garden

Once again, we are back at Chateau Bonnefous. They are host to our annual Bio Marché where growers and artisans bring there wares for us to sample and purchase. There is also plenty of information available for those that want to explore organic gardening, wine making and more.

Being in the largest wine producing region in France, the wine makers are well represented and happy to share their wares.

Remy - Domain Saint Juste
Remy – Domaine Sainte Juste

There are baskets of fresh local cherries and strawberries for sample and sale. If you get hungry, there are food sellers who offer snacks or a meal. The Chateau also has a full scale restaurant where you can dine indoors or out on the patio.

Fresh and aged local cheeses, breads, it is a tempting display of local wares. Of course artisans of all persuasions are on hand.

Games and toys made of wood offer hours of fun without using any electricity and no batteries are required.

The carousel: Ladybug, Snail, Grasshopper,
The carousel: Ladybug, Snail, Grasshopper, Frog

The carousel is a favourite with the young ones. But each year the children’s entertainment changes. There is no charge for the ride or the petting zoo.

At any event, you will find music. This is no different and a merry band of locals wandered about the event regaling us with their tunes. Naturally, there is impromptu dancing.

There are tables set up for those who want to sit and chat with family and friends over café or a glass of Rosé. Face painting is offered for the children and once again, no charge.

Carousel - Grenouille/Frog
Carousel – Grenouille/Frog

An effort is made to introduce everyone to environmental issues and organic foods.

Bisous,

Léa

Wooden games
Wooden games
Wooden toys
Wooden toys
Canard confit
Canard confit
Handcrafted cutlery
Handcrafted cutlery
Lavender and other essential oils
Lavender and other essential oils
Something for everyone!
Something for everyone!
Petting zoo
Petting zoo

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